WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to repeal meat labeling laws, which were widely backed by U.S. consumer groups, after Canada and Mexico threatened $3 billion in trade sanctions.
OTTAWA/MEXICO CITY - Canada and Mexico will seek World Trade Organization authorization to impose over $3 billion in sanctions against U.S. exports in retaliation against contentious meat-labeling laws, the two nations said on Thursday.
David Ljunggren and David Alire Garcia
June 04, 2015
OTTAWA - Canada will seek World Trade Organization authorization to impose just over $2.4 billion in sanctions against U.S. exports in retaliation against contentious meat-labeling laws, officials said on Thursday.
NEW YORK - The three largest U.S. tobacco companies on Tuesday dropped their lawsuit accusing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of exceeding its authority by closely monitoring the content of their product labels after the agency said it would reconsider its rules.
Jessica Dye and Jonathan Stempel
June 02, 2015
A federal magistrate judge in California has handed a win to two consumer classes suing Hain Celestial, finding that labeling cosmetics "organic" when they do not meet the state's legal definition of that term violates consumer-protection statutes.
A combination of 68 Democrats and Republicans joined Chairman K. Michael Conaway in introducing this bipartisan bill that will effectively repeal country-of-origin labeling requirements for beef, pork, and chicken, while leaving intact the requirements for all other covered commodities.
Canada plans to seek permission to retaliate against U.S. imports after a World Trade Organization ruling that U.S. meat labeling laws are discriminatory, Canadian Trade Minister Ed Fast and Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said on Monday.
Senators who favor the labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients hope to use the amendment process to pass a labeling measure in the Senate, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said Feb. 12.
The U.S. lodged an appeal on Nov. 28 to challenge a World Trade Organization ruling it says failed to bring its meat labeling laws into line with global trade rules.
Canada and Mexico won a WTO ruling three years ago that said the U.S. rules illegally discriminated against imported meat.
Opponents of mandatory labeling for foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMO) spent more than $27 million in the first six months of this year on GMO-related lobbying, roughly three times their spending in all of 2013, according to an analysis.
Packaged foods sold in the United States would display calorie counts more prominently and include the amount of added sugar under a proposal to significantly update nutritional labels for the first time in 20 years as health officials seek to reduce obesity and combat related diseases such as diabetes.
Members of a select House-Senate panel on Wednesday targeted for potential repeal a U.S. meat-labeling law that Mexico and Canada have challenged as a violation of world trade rules, and that U.S. meatpackers also oppose.
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